Los Cabos is one of Mexico’s most beautiful and exclusive destinations. It is a place rich in traditions and cultural patrimony. Los Cabos is even home to the magical town of Todos Santos. And Todos Santos is home to the 3rd Annual Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival. Los Cabos insider and Amstar reservation specialist Elodia Crespo takes us there.
Todos Santos is a special place full of magic and history. Its church, theater, cultural center, museum as well as numerous historical buildings each possess their own rich and storied pasts. In recent years, Todos Santos is increasingly becoming the focus of artistic and cultural endeavors that celebrate the creative spirit of this wonderful town.
Now in its third year, one of the most successful and delicious examples of these great regional cultural initiatives is the Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival.
Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival
From May 23 through May 25, food and wine lovers will be lured to Todos Santos by the alluring aromas and exquisite tastes offered up by some of Baja California’s top chefs and wineries. There will also be musical performances by great local artists.
The Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival takes place each year in celebration of the typical food and wine of Baja California. Several wineries offer tastings and special discounts on bottles, and the best chefs of the region tempt your taste buds with some of the local specialties. Moreover, there will be live music all throughout the day as well as a silent auction to benefit local charities.
Each paid festival-goer will receive the right to try five hors d’oeuvres. They will also be given a Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival wine glass which gives them the right to experience the taste of seven different wines. All exhibitors will also have their products on sale at a special price. The impressive list of participating Mexican wineries includes Shimul, Cavas Valmar, Cavas Maciel, Freixenet Querétaro, Monte Xanic, El Cielo, L.A. Cetto and Alximia, among others.
Several different local artists will grace the stage at the Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival. There will be performances as well as live acts of mariachi music, jazz, and Mexican trios. The musical highlight of the Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival will be an evening of incredible Mexican folk music with the great Luna Itzel.
Each year the Gastrovino Food and Wine Fest organizes a silent auction to benefit local charities. This year, proceeds from the auction will go to a local boarding school and a governmental program that subsidies low-income families (DIF Todos Santos).
The boarding school provides housing and education to area children who come from families with limited resources. For its part, DIF Todos Santos serves the local community while working on a very limited budget. The program provides diverse services to people of all ages, offering classes and workshops on topics such as physical therapy.
This year’s Gastrovino Food and Wine Festival will have several new features. One innovation to this year’s festival will be experienced during the inauguration. Wine expert Lluís Raventós from Cataluña, Spain, will lead a blindfolded wine tasting. Furthermore, there will be an exclusive wine pairing dinner at the famous Hotel California accompanied by Argentinian violinist Luciano Pavan as well as a Sunday Brunch at the new beach club El Faro by Guaycura.
Contact Amstar if you’re in the region or want to make a last-minute escape to savor this incredible three-day festival of food, wine and Baja Californian hospitality!